Women’s water polo tops St. Francis Brooklyn

Eleanor Hagan, Contributing Writer

The women’s water polo team traveled to Providence, R.I. to compete in its season-opener at the Bruno Classic from Feb. 6-7, where the women finished 1-3. Over the weekend, the Bison faced Marist, Hawaii, St. Francis Brooklyn, and Wagner. This proved to be a tough schedule, as three of the four opponents are nationally ranked top-2o teams. The Orange and Blue came out with a single victory, coming from a blowout of St. Francis Brooklyn.

On the opening day of the Classic, the Bison fell to Marist 10-8 and to Hawaii 14-11. Captain Hannah Sunday ’16 had an impressive day with a team-high of five goals between the two games. Fellow captain Eleanor Marrs ’16 tallied four goals and two assists for the day, while Tegan Stanbach ’17 recorded four goals and one assist for the Orange and Blue. Sunday, Marrs, Stanbach, Kendyl Johnson ’18, Colleen Barron ’18, and Emily Konishi ’19 represented the Orange and Blue as the starting lineup of the day and combined to tally 18 of the Bison’s 19 goals.

During the second and final day of the Bruno Classic, the Orange and Blue rallied with a strong 18-5 defeat over St. Francis Brooklyn. Showing strong team effort, 11 different Bison scored during the match-up. Centers Sunday and Shyla Lintz ’18 led the team with three goals each, while Haley Derrod ’17 got the start in goal, where she posted five saves. This momentum faded away as the Bison fell to Wagner later in the day. Against Wagner, the Orange and Blue had a 7-6 halftime lead, but were outscored in the second half. Marrs led the team with three goals, with Barron and Sunday each contributing two. Manuela Herrera ’18 started in goal, where she recorded seven saves.

Despite a 1-3 record in the team’s young season, the Bison have only fallen to nationally ranked opponents. The Orange and Blue look to continue their season as they travel to the Princeton Invitational to play four games from Feb. 13-14.

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